‘She Almost Died’ – UFC Veteran Jeremy Stephens Opens Up on His Mother’s Drug Addiction

Published 04/16/2021, 5:52 AM EDT


Jeremy Stephens was last seen inside the octagon at UFC 249 against Calvin Kattar. Ever since then, ‘Lil Heathen’ has been dealing with a lot of personal demons. He commented on the same ahead of his return to the UFC at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum.

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The former featherweight fighter said, “I had a lot of stuff going on with my mom. You know she almost died. She’s been a drug addict since I was, I mean as long as I can remember, there’s been chaos in my family home. You know, before I got married in 2018, she kind of went in on the deep end and I haven’t spoken with her until the week before I fought Kattar.”

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Stephens continued, “You know she almost died, and she got into Covid. You know for my mom completely to go walking, talking around, you know to having to carry her. Not carry her but help her walk to being in a diaper to her not remembering things and see her situation, it was a sad deal, and I had to go in there I had to dig deep I had to deal with it.”

For anyone to deal with a parent almost dying is hard. Stephens claimed that in order to deal with the same, he decided to get sober and work through his issues.

Jeremy Stephens became stronger with his struggles over the past year

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Before he took this hiatus, Stephens was in dismal form and had lost four out of his five previous fights. Now, though, he is happy, positive, and is clear about his goals. ‘Lil Heathen’ has even claimed that the upcoming fight may be the best of his career.

ST. LOUIS, MO – JANUARY 14: (R-L) Jeremy Stephens punches Dooho Choi of South Korea in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the Scottrade Center on January 14, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Stephens will make his return to the lightweight division after almost eight years and will have his work cut out against the dangerous Drakkar Klose. It will be interesting to see if ‘Lil Heathen’s battles away from the octagon spur him to secure his first win since 2018.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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